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Today’s Southend Barns autumn wedding inspiration shoot is bound to cheer up any ‘January blues’. Think soft glowing lights, trailing foliage in vibrant autumnal hues, jewel-toned seasonal flowers and ethereal bridal style evoking visions of Elven folk from a Tolkien novel.

This beautiful shoot was dreamt up by the rustic farm venue Southend Barns in Chichester and To Have and To Hire wedding stylists. The shoot aimed to showcase local and ethical wedding businesses which of course we always love to see.  The styling was a celebration of autumn to reflect the beautiful textures, forms and colours it has to offer. Everything was perfectly captured by award-winning wedding photographer Kelly Hearn.

Autumnal boho bridal style // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumnal aisle decoration of lanterns and leaves // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rose gold floral bridal hair slide // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumn wedding table setting // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a seasonal appropriate earthy woodland wedding shoot. It’s full of winter wedding inspiration – think feathers, seedheads, foliage and pine cones. Plus the most exquisite animal masks we’ve ever seen. These are proper grown up masks, perfect we reckon if you want a quirky detail to add a twist to your wedding photos.

So what do I love most about this earthy woodland wedding shoot? I love the attention to seasonal details like the pine cone and pheasant feather hair decorations. It’s over to photographer Megan Duffield to tell us more about what inspired the shoot…

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding hair with feathers and pine cones // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding flower crown // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

What a treat we have for you today – free printable Christmas gift tags exclusively created for our readers by a selection of  our talented wedding stationery designers. Themed around ‘A Natural Christmas’ each design captures the individual style of the designer, and there are various sheets for you to download and print off.

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

We’ve come up with some various idea of how you might choose to use these beautiful Christmas gift tags – whether printed out onto recycled card and cut out as traditional gift tags, or perhaps you’d prefer to print them off on sticker paper and simple stick them onto your wrapped gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out the blog this weekend for our special eco-chic Christmas Gift Guide.

Download your free mixed Christmas gift tags

First up we have a sheet of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags.

Download the mixed sheet of Christmas gift tag designs

Here’s what the sheet looks like printed out…

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Next up we have created individual sheets of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags, so if there’s one design you really love, you can print out a sheet of just that design.

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Download our Christmas gift tag and meet the designers

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The ultimate party season is fast approaching so surely there is not a more perfect time to check out a book solely focused on creating beautifully themed parties. Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker of the fab Decor8, design and lifestyle blog and Leslie Shewring of the charming blog A Creative Mint provides an abundance of ‘stylish and simple ideas for meaningful gatherings.’

With such brilliant creative minds behind the book you can find the sort of inspiration and DIY suggestions you would expect. And you know we are a sucker for a good DIY project especially if it involves re-using or recycling items that you already have around the house. With this in mind we pawed over the lovely pages and selected a simple DIY wedding menu wall hanging to make to find out just how easy the suggestions are for you.

So check out our version of their DIY wedding menu wall hanging followed by our review of the book.

DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging

Decorate for a Party // DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging // The Natural Wedding Company

Now we couldn’t just review a DIY book without testing out an idea and giving it a go to see how simple they really are. With a friends winter wedding fast approaching, I selected an idea that I felt would work with the look and theme she is going for – a DIY wedding menu wall hanging.

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Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bales seem to be standing the test of time in terms of wedding decor and we can absolutely see why.  As a relatively cheap and versatile option they can be both practical and decorative to use in creating a relaxed, country or festival vibe for your wedding day.

If you head on over to Pinterest you would be hard pushed to not come across some hay bale inspiration, we even have our own board dedicated to them. Throughout the years we have featured many weddings with hay bale seating and decor and provided previous posts on hay bale inspiration here, here, here, here and here. Today, however we thought we would provide you with some new inspiration and summarise some of our favourite uses. You’ll also hear from hay bale gurus Partybales along with our advice to help you with planning, how to source them, and how to incorporate hay bales into your wedding day.

Hay bale seating decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale seating and vintage blanket decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

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Today I have created a lovely and simple pageboy bow tie DIY tutorial. Being a mama to a little boy I sometimes find the outfit choices a little limiting compared to the options for girls. For a celebration however I don’t think there is anything more adorable than a boy in a bow tie – paired with some braces, a flat cap, or blazer you can’t really go wrong.

These bow ties are so simple and easy they would be perfect to make for little pageboys, and the advantage of making them yourself is you can choose any fabric that compliments the rest of your wedding party. I chose a red gingham fabric but you could choose any kind.

The tutorial today has been adapted from one by Slow Mama which I used a couple of years back when my little one was a baby. Now he’s a little older I made a couple of small changes to suit a family wedding we had this summer. You really don’t need to be a pro seamstress to make one, I am most definitely not!

What you need to create a pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

What you will need:

  • Fabric (at least 25cm x 20cm)
  • Complimentary thread & needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors (material scissors preferable)
  • 2 x small safety pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional but helpful)

Making your pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut the two pieces of fabric required to make the bow tie:

  • Piece 1 – 25cm x 12cm
  • Piece 2 – 8cm x 4cm

As my fabric was chequered it was easy to follow the lines. If you are not confident in cutting the right sizes in a straight line, make the templates out of paper/newspaper first and trace onto the fabric.

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I don’t think I will ever, ever tire of a flower crown, a bold statement I know but if you take a look at today’s beautiful bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration and the to-die-for spring flower crown I think you would agree that regardless of fashion trends they are pretty timeless.

Today’s inspiration shoot was lovingly curated by Beamsley Blooms and shot by Phase 2 Photography  to showcase the possibilities of using seasonal British flowers for Spring brides and grooms, offering a stunning alternative to the more traditional Spring associated blooms. Clare from Phase 2 Photography explains, “The aim of the shoot was to let the pure, natural beauty of the flowers speak for themselves and give brides an idea of what can be achieved with these stunning flowers.”

Susanne from Beamsley Blooms goes on to give us a little more information about the inspiration behind the shoot for us…

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

 Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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